Office Locations: Bldg. Ingegneria Industriale/Room 3135/9
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Assistant Professor: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”



1996: Ph.D (Thermophysical Properties of Materials), University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy



1999.11 – Present Assistant Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
1998.11 – 1999.11 Graduate Technical Officer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
1997- 1998 Postdoctoral Scholar, National Institute for Physics of Matter (INFM), Italy



  1. Layered Double Hydroxides.
  2. Anticorrosion coatings.
  3. Biomedical materials.
  4. Characterization of biological tissues.
  5. Membranes
  6. Materials for nuclear fusion reactors.
  7. Mechanical properties of materials (mechanical spectroscopy, instrumented nanoindentation).
  8. X-ray spectroscopy and interferometry.



Maria Richetta received Ph.D. from University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 1996. During her Ph.D. she worked at the Engineering Faculty of the University of L’Aquila (L’Aquila) applying Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI) and Holographic Interferometry (HI) to measure the mass diffusion coefficient of several solutions of interest for absorption machine. She also designed and realized an “ad hoc” thermostated chamber, to determine the coefficient variations at different temperatures. She is Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome “Tor Vegata”, Italy. Prior to which, she was Graduate Technical Officer (Technologist) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.

She has authored/coauthored more than 150 papers in refereed journals.

She is now focusing on Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) type nanomaterials, both as regards their preparation and growth, and above all for their characterization in terms of morphological study and investigation of the growth mechanism. The primary purpose of this research, aimed at understanding the processes of “trigger” and development of nano-structured LDHs, is to optimize their performances within the wide field of applications. Moreover she started experimental campaigns to study: a) the anti-corrosive properties of ZnAl-LDH layers, deposited on different metal substrates (2024T3 anodized and non-anodised steel); b) intercalation of drugs within the LDH structures. The aim of this last project is to deposit nano-layers of MgAl-LDH, intercalated with appropriate drugs, both on stents and on thoracic surgery equipment in order to release drugs “in situ”, avoiding massive intake of pain-killers and / or anticoagulants by the patients.

Some memberships:

  1. a) Professor Board of the Doctorate in “Industrial Engineering” – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
  2. Scientific Committee of the International THERMEC’ conference 2016 and 2020, International Conference on PROCESSING & MANUFACTURING OF ADVANCED MATERIALS PROCESSING, Fabrication, Properties, Applications;
  3. International research project A * MIDEX University Foundation: Initiative of excellence, Mediterranean program entitled: Micro-scale Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC). 01.2014 – 31.12.2016
  4. International Laboratory: “Laboratory Ionomer Materials for Energy (LIME)”) “. Actors involved: University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – Italy, Aix Marseille Université – France, Center National de la Recherche Scientifique http: //ingegneriaindustriale.uniroma2. it / research / laboratory-international-li me / from 01-01-2015 to today

Some collaborations:

  1. a) Technical University of Applied Sciences TH – Wildau, Germany (Prof. Andreas Foitzik) for the development of new laser techniques to treat and    study of different types of materials.
  2. b) Euratom Association (European Atomic Energy Community) Project “Mechanical characterization of tungsten armours”, Scientific Responsible       R. Montanari – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
  3. c) Aix Marseille University (Prof. Philippe Knauth), as part of research on Layered Double Hydroxides.
  4. d) University of Pisa – Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (Prof. Massimo de Sanctis), as part of research on materials for nuclear energy and supermartensitic steels for energy applications in collaboration with       General Electric.
  5. e) CNR-ISMN Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (Dr. Saulius Kaciulis), for the study of surface microchimical characteristics of materials       (LDH, oxidized TiH2 and WC-Ni alloy obtained by spark plasma sintering)

Teaching assignments:

  1. Course of Physics 1 for the Engineering Sciences Course at the Industrial Engineering Dept., University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
  2. Teaching assignment, and reference professor, at the International Master’s Degree Program entitled “Chemical Nano-engineering” (Chem-Nano-Eng) (IdSua: 1526733), class LM- 71. European educational institutions involved: University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy; Aix-Marseille University, France; Wrocław University of Technology, Poland. Associated Partners: University of Queensland, Australia, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil; Northeastern University, USA; University of Missouri, USA.11-24-2015 to today.
  3. Teaching assignment at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (Berlin). Title of the course: “Applications of Laser to Metallurgy”. 10-02-2017 to today.



150+ publications in peer-reviewed journals
H-index = 21 – Google Scholar, 19 – Scopus

Selected publications:

  • Scarpellini, C. Falconi, P. Gaudio, A. Mattoccia, P.G. Medaglia, A. Orsini, R. Pizzoferrato, M. Richetta. “Morphology of Zn/Al layered double hydroxide nanosheets grown onto aluminum thin films.” Microelectronic Engineering, 126 (2014) 129-133
  • Richetta, P. Gaudio, R. Montanari, E. Pakhomova, L. Antonelli, Laser pilse Simulation of High Energy transient thermal Loads on Bulk and Plasma Sprayed W for NFR, (2016) Material Science Forum, 879, pp 1576-1581.
  • Richetta, L. Di Giamberardino, A. Mattoccia, P.G. Medaglia, R. Montanari, R. Pizzoferrato, D. Scarpellini, A. Varone, S. Kaciulis, A. Mezzi, P. Soltani, A. Orsini. “Surface spectroscopy and structural analysis of nanostructured multifunctional (Zn, Al) layered double hydroxides”. Surface and Interface Analysis, 48(7) (2016) 514-518.
  • R Montanari, E Pakhomova, R Pizzoferrato, M Richetta and A Varone, Laser Pulse Effects on Plasma-Sprayed and Bulk Tungsten, (2017) Metals, 7, 454; doi:10.3390/met7110454
  • Schneider, S., Beyer, H., Lange, K., Bohmeyer, W., Casalboni, M., Richetta M, Foitzik, A.H., Miniaturized laser power sensor via rapid phototyping. (2017) Materials Science Forum, 879, pp. 1721-1724.
  • Richetta, Characteristics, Preparation Routes and Metallurgical Applications of LDHs: An Overview, J Material Sci Eng 2017, 6:6. (2017).
  • E Ciotta, S Paoloni, M Richetta, P Prosposito, P Tagliatesta, C Lorecchio, I Venditti, I Fratoddi, S Casciardi, R Pizzoferrato, Sensitivity to Heavy-Metal Ions of Unfolded Fullerene Quantum Dots (2017) Sensora 17(11) doi: 10.3390/s17112614.
  • M Richetta, A Varone, A Mattoccia, PG Medaglia, S Kaciulis, A Mezzi, P Soltani, R Pizzoferrato, Preparation, intercalation, and characterization of nanostructured (Zn, Al) layered double hydroxides (LDHs), (2018) Surface and Interface Analysis 50 (11), 1094-1098.
  • Pizzoferrato, R., Ciotta, E., Ferrari, I. V., Braglia, M., Medaglia, P. G., Mattoccia, A., L. Di Giamberardino, M. Richetta, P. Knauth, M. L. Di Vona, “Ionic conductivity of ZnAl layered double hydroxide films grown on aluminum substrate”. Solid State Ionics, 314, (2018) 30-35.
  • Pizzoferrato, E. Ciotta, I.V. Ferrari, R. Narducci, L. Pasquini, L., A. Varone, M. Richetta, S. Antonaroli, M. Braglia, P. Knauth, M.L. Di Vona. “Layered double hydroxides containing an ionic liquid: ionic conductivity and use in composite anion exchange membranes”. ChemElectroChem, 5(19) (2018) 2781-2788.
  • E Ciotta, R Pizzoferrato, ML Di Vona, IV Ferrari, M Richetta, A Varone, Increasing the Electrical Conductivity of Layered Double Hydroxides by Intercalation of Ionic Liquids, (2018) Materials Science Forum 941, 2209-2213
  • Domenico De Meis, Serra, S. Tosti, M. Richetta, A. Tati, Ceramic Membranes for the Separation of Plasma Enhancement Gases, (2018), Int. Ceram. Rev. (2018) 67: 8.
  • De Meis, M. Richetta, E. Serra, E. Louradour, Low pressure fusion exhaust gases separation, Fusion Engineering and Design,, Available online 12 March 2019.





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